Gustavus Adolphus College senior Ben Sherer of Bismarck, North Dakota has been named to the College Sports Information Directors Association(CoSIDA)/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 5 First Team for baseball for the third consecutive year. Sherer, a first baseman for the Gusties, is a four-year starter who has compiled a 3.96 grade point average with a major in biology. Sherer’s name will now go on the ballot for the College Division Academic All-America team, which will be announced on May 30.
Sherer, a three-time all-conference performer and 2004 MIAC Player of the Year, recently finished his senior season with a .308 batting average, while leading the team in fielding with 162 putouts, 8 assists and no errors for a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage. Sherer ended his career as one of the top hitters and fielders in the program’s history. He ranks second all-time in career hits (183), third in rbi (109), doubles (41), and at-bats (507), fourth in runs scored (112), and seventh in batting average (.361) and home runs (14). He also ranks second in career putouts with 699 and is the all-time leader in career fielding percentage at .987. Sherer committed only 9 errors in 747 chances during his career.
Sherer was a co-captain of this year’s team that posted an overall record of 28-12 and finished third in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with a mark of 14-6. The Gusties advanced to the MIAC Post-Season tournament but lost to eventual playoff champion St. Olaf 6-4 in the tournament semifinals.
Ben, who is the son of Joel and Mary Sherer of Bismarck, North Dakota, was named a CoSIDA First Team Academic All-America selection in 2005 and a Third Team CoSIDA Academic All-America selection in 2004.